A10 Networks Extends App Delivery, Security With Azure

The VM offers dynamic application-aware services, including advanced L4-7 load balancing, application acceleration and improved-security.

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A10 Networks announced its virtual application delivery controller (ADC) appliance, vThunder ADC, is now available as a virtual machine (VM) image on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

The VM offers dynamic application-aware services, including advanced L4-7 load balancing, application acceleration and improved-security in an all-in-one virtual instance.

In addition, vThunder Azure customers benefit from the same ADC and security features that dedicated Thunder ADC appliances offer. Organizations can use the public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services with the same features, enabling workloads and configuration migration from their public to private data centers, and vice versa.

vThunder for Azure, running the Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS), is available now. Pay-as-you-go licensing starts at 43 cents per hour, while pricing for perpetual licenses starts at $7,495.

"Azure is one of the leading infrastructure-as-a-service solutions today. As customers look to move application workloads to the public cloud, either completely or partially, in a hybrid cloud model, cost-effective and robust choices such as Azure are selected," Paul Nicholson, director of product marketing for A10, told eWEEK. "Organizations are expecting to be able to deploy the same availability and security services as they had done in their private clouds, such as those found in the vThunder Application Delivery Controller. The vThunder ADC availability in Azure expands our customers’ choice, making it attractive to both A10 and the customer."

Unifying vThunder with Azure enables extensibility and consistent policies across customers’ physical, virtual and cloud computing environments, rapid provisioning, and on-demand access to computing resources, according to A10.

"Many customers are augmenting their private infrastructure with public cloud services," Nicholson said. "We see a wide range of interest from a variety of verticals and company sizes, particularly large and medium enterprise customers. The use cases are widely applicable, from financial institutions looking to augment existing capacity in a hybrid cloud model, to global consulting organizations looking to rapidly deploy services for internal and client project use."

The platform allows applications to be tested in Azure’s public cloud. It also provides disaster recovery, with the public cloud IaaS services delivering a redundant environment for business continuity.

"Security features and ease of use are a hallmark of our offering on Azure, not just our advanced server load balancing," Nicholson said. "vThunder for Azure provides key security functionality that meets compliance and security goals--this includes the popular Web Application Firewall to stop application layer Web attacks, and Application Access Management authentication controls to validate users, and many other security related features."

He said ease of use allows instant gratification and rapid deployment for enterprises, delivering the "long sought after nirvana" of on-demand computing.